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Officials and Staff

The day-to-day management of the Association is carried out by the following full time officials appointed by the Executive Committee:

General Secretary Ciaran Rohan
Deputy General Secretary Paul Malone
Assistant General Secretary Billy Thompson
Executive Assistant Jackie Lacey
Receptionist Jennifer Farrelly Clarke
Officials with responsibility for Branches

General Secretary - Ciaran Rohan

Ciaran Rohan was appointed to the post of General Secretary in June 2014.

Ciaran joined the Civil Service in 1987 and has worked in the Department of Education and Science and the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General. He held a number of roles within the PSEU was a member of the AHCPS Executive Committee from 2002. He served as both Vice Chairperson and Chairperson of the Association.

Ciaran joined the Association as Assistant General Secretary in May 2008.

Ciaran is a graduate of the IPA, has a Diploma in Employment Law and also holds an M.A. in Human Resource Management from the National College of Ireland.


Deputy General Secretary - Paul Malone 

Paul was appointed as Deputy General Secretary of the Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants (AHCPS) in July 2018.

Paul’s former roles include Head of Human Resources in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government where he was responsible for people and organisation development. He also held a number of senior HR roles at SOLAS/FÁS.

With over 20 years of experience in HR across the civil service, Paul has considerable experience in driving large-scale organisational change projects. He is a graduate of Dublin City University where he was awarded with a B.A in Communication Studies, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Training Management and an MSc in Human Resource Strategies. He also holds a Certificate in Personnel Practice (CIPD) from University of Limerick.

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Assistant General Secretary - Billy Thompson

Billy Thompson was appointed to the post of Assistant General Secretary in February 2015.

He is from Tralee in County Kerry. Billy joined the Revenue Commissioners in 1979 and was appointed an Assistant Principal in 2003 in Revenue’s Large Cases Division in Limerick. He was reassigned to the Kerry Revenue District in 2012 and is currently on secondment from Revenue.

Billy was an officer with the Revenue Branch from 2006-11 becoming Branch Chairman in 2012. He was active in union affairs throughout the 1990s. He was co-opted to the AHCPS Executive in June 2009 and re-elected in 2010. Billy was elected Treasurer of the Association in 2011 and served in this role before becoming AGS. 

He is a graduate of UCD having been conferred with a Professional Diploma in Employment Law in July 2016.   




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